When applying for Social Security disability benefits, many people believe they’ll receive payments for life. However, this isn’t always the case. In fact, the Social Security Administration (SSA) proactively reviews nearly all disability claims at regular intervals. The majority of SSDI beneficiaries undergo a continuing disability review annually or every few years. The SSA does this to ensure people’s medical conditions remain unchanged and they’re still eligible for benefits.
What Is A Medical Review?
The SSA conducts two review types: either a work or medical continuing disability review (CDR). The medical review examines your impairment to see if it still meets the requirements for disability benefits. Federal law requires the SSA to regularly review disability cases before paying additional benefits.
How Often Does The SSA Review Disability Cases?
The SSA examines cases on different timelines based on each claimant’s medical impairment(s). According to the SSA, whether a medical condition is expected to improve or not determines the continuing disability review schedule. If your condition should eventually get better, they’re review your case 6-18 months after awarding you benefits. But if your improvement’s only possible, not probable, you won’t undergo a continuing disability review for three years. If it isn’t expected to get better, your reviews happen once every seven years. The SSA also reviews your case whenever you recover or return to work. One option for returning to the workforce while still receiving benefits is through the Ticket to Work program.
What Happens During A Continuing Disability Review?
For a continuing disability review, the SSA sends beneficiaries a form to fill out. Beneficiaries will receive either a short form (easier to fill out) or a long form (more similar to the initial benefits application paperwork). The short form is only two pages long and typically goes people whose medical conditions aren’t likely to improve. It simply confirms you still have your disability and cannot work. The long form is more complicated and asks for updated personal information, medical condition records and any work done since the beneficiary started receiving SSDI benefits.
Keep Copies of Your Paperwork
Try making copies of completed forms before sending them to the SSA. That way, you have personal copies for your records. This makes it easier to complete new paperwork during your next CDR.
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